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Dispelling the Amazing Voting Myth: Christians Should Not Vote Based on 1 Corinthians 1:10

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*Amazingly, it is interesting, that 1 Corinthians 1:10 has been twisted to commit the fatal action of not voting or by writing in silly names on the ballot.

1 Corinthians 1:10 says, I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. Time to dispel the amazing myth of not voting based on 1 Corinthians 1:10.

Paul was talking to brothers and sisters who had fallen into serious problems of disunity, sexual immorality, confusion over church discipline, and other matters involving worship and holy living.

The church was divided over leadership. Some followed the teachings of Paul, others favored Cephas and some preferred Apollos. Paul urged the Corinthians to focus on Christ and not his messengers. Believers were divided on practices not expressly forbidden in Scripture, such as eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, ignoring blatant sin among its members, misunderstandings about the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the future resurrection of his followers, disorder in worship and misuse of spiritual gifts. None of this had anything to do with voting.

Some of the new believers believed Jesus was not risen from the dead. True, we are not clones, yet there are basic foundations we should all be united in mind and thought on/about. Jesus, was born by a virgin, died on a cross for my sins, overcame the grave three days later and is alive and active today. Sin no longer has power over us. Not to do good (vote) when you have it within you to do good (vote) is sin at the polls. As Christians we ought to be a people who seek peace; who pursue peace; who love harmony. And who abhor division! We have been called to do something about unemployment, corrupt politicians, broken systems and the voice of the voiceless. Nonvoting people violate Luke 19:13 which says occupy until I return. Nonvoting people champion the woes of society. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

1 Corinthians 1:10 does not tell us not to vote. That is an amazing voting myth. Deut. 1:13 supports voting. Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17). Our Caesar is this republic; the United States of America. We are the tribe! A land where people have died, stood in lines for hours and fought on foreign territory for the right to vote. The United States of America is owned by God. Check out the lyrics of Matthew West’s song, Do Something

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you”

How do we occupy, protect and serve when there’s no players in the game and we don’t support godly soldiers on the battlefield? The Lord said, I was looking for a man to build up the wall. Time we reclaim what is ours. As His change agents, Vote!

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  1. Cynthia Cousins

    August 16, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    People died for the right to vote

  2. Menlo Bensimeon

    August 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Most Christians who participate in the electoral process fail to recognize or acknowledge the connection between war and violence and the ballot box, preferring to take little or no responsibility for those they elect into office. But what the author of this article (and the majority of Christians) overlook has been explained succinctly in David Lipscomb’s “Civil Government”:

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    [H]e who maintains and supports an institution is responsible for the general results of that institution. The general and necessary results of human government are war and the use of carnal weapons to maintain the government. Every one then that actively supports human government, is just as responsible for the wars and bloodshed that grow out of its existence and maintenance as are the men who actively wage and carry on the war.

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    So a question Christians need to consider is whether they can keep their hands clean and remain “innocent as doves” when they vote men and women into positions of national power? Is it possible to separate their votes for a candidate from the job functions that the candidate must perform?

    When Christians elect officials whose duty it is to govern a people using the threat of violence against them, and who have the power to use violence against perceived enemies in distant lands, which often end up killing innocent bystanders and causing collateral damage on account of the messy imprecision of warfare, do they not in some way become their supporters and employers? When Christians participate in these types of secular elections, they should consider that they are not only selecting representatives, but are also authorizing those representatives to perform certain job functions-duties which include the use of violence against others. And when Christian do this, do they not in some way become complicit and culpable? Read Matthew 27:22-26 if you wish to see the only place in the Bible where a citizenry voted on an issue. History goes on to show how that electorate was then held responsible for their votes to crucify Jesus, even though they never laid a finger on him but voted instead by proxy, which is exactly the same thing Christians do when they vote national leaders into positions of deadly power.

    For a much more serious look at this issue (something the author of this article should have done before penning such a shallow article), check out the book “Blood Guilt” by P. Kapusta. In particular, chapters 17 & 18.

  3. martha jones

    August 19, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Voting is your right. The word of GOD tells us to obey the law of the land until if becomes contrary to HIS word. I don’t protest to be the smartest person, but I understand the prophets of old told us that the government will be on HIS shoulders. Government is politics and the Pharisees and Sadducees was political people and they even voted to have Jesus put to death. So if GOD gave us the right to vote, GOD understood that some would try to twist HIS words to suits their agenda. But GOD looks at the heart of man. That’s why war will rage until HIS return. God gave us a choice. Some choose the wrong path and some choose the right path, but voting is not the problem, the problem is when man change the democracy of the norm to win at all cost, even if they cheat to get it. GOD did not make them sin they chose to.

  4. Menlo Bensimeon

    August 19, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Ms. Jones stated, “I understand the prophets of old told us that the government will be on HIS shoulders.” Correct, but such prophetic words do not pertain to the secular governments of this age. The prophecy of Isaiah that you refer to (Isa 9:6) is speaking of the age to come–the Kingdom of God–not the present age. The Messiah is to have the government of the Kingdom of God on his shoulders. We are not in the Kingdom of God. It is an age to come.

    What must not be lost sight of until that kingdom comes is that Jesus calls his flock out from this evil generation and tells them to be “innocent as doves.” As I pointed out in my original posting, that “innocence” can easily be lost when a Christian supports a politician who is part of a system that uses violence. The vote is the handle of the sword, and a Christian who puts into power an individual who uses their newly elected power to harm and destroy is partly culpable for the damage their representative inflicts. Is this being “innocent as doves”?

    If unbelievers wish to be part of that system, that’s fine. I will not criticize them. But when an individual who claims to be a follower of Jesus becomes tainted with blood guilt, well then, I think it is time to speak up like the prophet Isaiah and point out how far they have fallen.

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Black Doctor (Shawn Smith) Launches Diabetes Meal Plan For African Americans

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Austin, TX — Dr. Shawn Smith, CEO and founder of the My Black Diabetes Meal Plan, has released the first-ever core product for reversing diabetes in African American pre-diabetics & Type 2 patients. It is called The 28 Day Plan. Designed to address the systemic challenges Black Americans face when dealing with diabetes, the program makes eating well a habit, not a chore.

The 28 Day Plan has taken the team over 560 hours of nutritional investigation to acquire and build. The core plan comes with easy to use software built around Black ‘soul food’ culture, detailed recipe and grocery lists, and a baseline of food combinations that have been used to take user A1cs (the three-month snapshot of blood sugar levels) from a 12 (high and unhealthy) to 5.2 (normal range).

Each plan is supported with a unique alkaline approach and backed by decades of peer-reviewed nutrition science shown to be the most impactful on blood glucose levels in long-term participants. With a growing community of Black diabetics also available through the platform, Black people facing diabetes learn quickly that they have a community of supporters who are going through the same experiences and are eager to grow together.

“We’re out to initiate a new type of Black activism & empowerment, one where serving our community in powerful ways is completely normal,” says Dr. Smith. “Since we know Black diabetics are 50% more likely to go blind from the disease and 2.5 times more likely to die from diabetic complications than their White counterparts, I believe one of the best forms of protest is to live life without the fear of death or the stress of a failing body. Unfortunately, you can’t do that if you’re A1cs are too high.

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Removing Type 2 diabetes and its complications from the Black community is one way we’re giving our people their freedom back… and it’s only the beginning.”

“I’m so glad you are [My Black Diabetes Meal Plan] getting involved in this fight,” said Dr. Antonio Smith (no relation to founder) of Internal Medicine Physician at Harper University Hospital- Detroit Medical Center. “Lifestyle change is one of the most overlooked ways diabetic patients are able to permanently get off medication that I’ve seen. We needed something like this.”

The 28 Day Plan is customized and personalized for each user. The free diabetic assessment and plan are now available for use directly online at MyBlackDiabetesMealPlan.com.

The purpose of My Black Diabetes Meal Plan is to eradicate Type 2 diabetes in the Black community. With painstaking research, collaborations with internal medicine physicians, and chronically high HbA1cs.

For press inquiries, contact Shawn Smith at [email protected] or 512-456-8017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indiana High School Apologizes After Student is Listed in Yearbook Photo as ‘Black Guy’

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*The superintendent of an Indiana high school issued a video apology this week after a photo caption in the school’s 2020 yearbook listed an African American student on the boys’ basketball team as “BLACK GUY” instead of by his name.

The image from the Brown County High School yearbook went viral on social media, prompting the video message from school district Superintendent Laura Hammack on Tuesday.

“It has been brought to our attention that that yearbook has a truly incomprehensible statement included in it,” she said. “We are currently trying to better understand what that situation is all about.”

Officials launched an investigation after being made aware of the situation, and Hammack said the school district has promised the student and his family that “this awful situation” will be addressed.

“This is a clear violation of our nondiscrimination policy,” she said.

Hammack said it was unclear exactly how the caption made it through a series of revisions with the yearbook. In a joint statement released earlier Monday with high school Principal Matthew Stark, administrators acknowledged that the yearbook is put together by a group of students in the “only class at this school where all assignments and homework are published for all to see.”

To rectify the situation, Hammack said the school district is planning on republishing new yearbooks and having the school district foot the expense.

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Some Texas Longhorn Band Members Refuse to Play Alma Mater Song over Minstrel Ties (Watch)

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*The University of Texas Longhorn Band will not play their traditional alma mater song “The Eyes of Texas” at Saturday’s football game against Baylor University after a survey of members revealed several students aren’t willing to play it.

The song has divided the university community in recent months over its ties to minstrel shows where performers wore blackface. According to ABC13, the Daily Texan reported that a message sent to band members by leader Scott Hanna said the survey results wouldn’t affect whether the band performs at future games. The band has yet to play at a football game this season, due to safety restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.t

Band members are “evenly divided” over playing the song, the student newspaper reported, but responses from certain instrument sections would prevent the band from playing this week. The message from Hanna said many band members wanted to have further discussions about the song, which he said he would facilitate.

Student athletes asked UT-Austin to drop the school song during this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, among other demands, threatening to forgo participation in recruiting and donor events. The university responded with plans to boost Black student enrollment and recruitment, but it kept the song and pledged to educate visitors and students on its history and context.

Below is a brief rundown of the song’s racist past.

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